Today, 1st October, sees the start of the National Day Golden Week in China – the longest public holiday in China besides the Spring Festival holiday – and a time of greatly increased travel and activity.
On October 2nd, 1949, the new Chinese government passed the ‘Resolution on the National Day of the People’s Republic of China’ and declared October 1 to be the National Day.
Ever since 1950, every October 1st has been grandly celebrated by Chinese people with a military review & parade at Tiannamen Square, flag-raising ceremonies, dance and song shows, firework displays and painting and calligraphy exhibitions.
The Golden Week holiday was started by the government of the People’s Republic of China in 1999 to help expand the domestic tourism market and allow the Chinese people time to travel for long distance family visits.
It is definitely not the best time to be travellining in China due to the sea of people at all the tourist attraction sites and difficulty with travel options in short supply and at an increased cost. Recent reports from the China Tourism Academy have predicted that “a total of 480 million trips are expected to be made by travellers during the upcoming National Day holiday from Oct. 1 to 7”!
If you are ever planning to travel in China during the “Golden Week”, this might be helpful.